Yesterday the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research released its 2016 rankings on the effectiveness of each member of the North Carolina General Assembly. Representative Arp ranked 16th of the entire 120-member body, moving up 22 spots from the 2013 long session, the last time the organization issued its biennial ranking.
From the NCCPPR:
The effectiveness rankings are based on surveys sent to legislators, registered lobbyists based in North Carolina, and capital news correspondents. Also included are rankings of attendance and roll call voting participation, compiled from the General Assembly’s official records.
The report – “Rankings of Effectiveness, Attendance, and Roll Call Voting Participation for the North Carolina General Assembly” – shows the effectiveness ranking for each legislator in the 2015 session, compared with previous rankings from prior service in the House or Senate. First-term Representatives have NA (not applicable) by their names, indicating no previous rankings.
The effectiveness rankings are published as a supplement to a larger publication called “Article II: A Citizen’s Guide to the N.C. Legislature.” The guide includes each legislator’s business and home addresses, occupation, education, party affiliation, and committee assignments. The Citizen’s Guide also includes voting records on the 12 bills that legislators said were the most significant pieces of legislation in the previous session and information on the number of bills sponsored and ratified by each legislator.
The Center has been publishing the Citizen’s Guide and the effectiveness rankings since 1977 as a means to fulfill their goals of enhancing government accountability and getting more information to citizens about their elected officials. A report about state legislative rankings in Governing magazine, published by Congressional Quarterly, Inc., says, “It is hard to deny that the ratings, when done responsibly, serve a legitimate public purpose … The ratings issued by the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research are perhaps the most straightforward and most widely respected.”
To download a copy of the entire report, click here.